Civil society

  • BAAG: Fulfilling Afghan Futures - civil society priorities post-2014, March 2015

    On 3rd December 2014, BAAG hosted the Ayenda Conference, the civil society associated event of the London Conference on Afghanistan. 250 attendees, including 53 Afghan civil society representatives, discussed development and rights priorities & recommendations for the new Afghan government and international donors.  This report captures the messages of that day, along with those from preliminary discussions and various position papers prepared by Afghan and international civil society. It aims to disseminate Afghan-focused development and humanitarian expertise to an international audience of practitioners, policy makers and donors and inform both future national and international policy related to Afghanistan and future civil society programming and initiatives.

    PDF icon BAAG_Ayenda Fulfilling Afghan Futures Mar15.pdf
  • PSR: Body Count - civilian casualty figures after 10 years of the War on Terror, March 2015

    Civilian casualty reporting in Afghanistan is incomplete and practically impossible.  But understanding the real humanitarian and social consequences of political decisions in favor of military intervention is important. This publication by Pysicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and 2 other organisations, shows how difficult it has been to grasp the real dimensions of these wars and how rare independent and nonpartisan casualty assessments have been.  No verifiable complete figures are available - for example, the "passive" figures so far relied upon are only those from hospitals and morgues or reported by the media. Given the customary practice in Afghanistan of burying the dead within 24 hours, these are bound to be extremely conservative.  Therefore the researchers use various sources, consider factors from other countries and posit projections.   

    PDF icon Body_Count_first_international_edition_2015_final.pdf
  • BAAG: Synthesis of Afghan & International Civil Society Papers for The London Conference on Afghanistan, December 2014

    BAAG produced this helpful synthesis of the numerous Afghan and international civil society papers prepared ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan.  It aims to provide a snap-shot of the common and key recommendations coming from both groups, providing a simplified background to some of the more detailed points raised in the LCA and BAAG's Ayenda Conference.  Thanks to ENNA for their contributions to this report. 

    PDF icon Synthesis Paper Combined Final Draft.pdf
  • BAAG: Summary report of the Ayenda Conference, December 2014

    BAAG organised and hosted the half-day Ayenda Conference on 3rd December 2015.  This was the offical civil society associate event of the London Conference on Afghanistan.  This report provides a brief summary of the event - its structure, attendees, content and feedback.  A full report is being drafted, which is expected to be published in February 2015. 

    PDF icon Summary report of Ayenda Conference 15 Dec 2014.pdf
  • London Conference on Afghanistan communique, December 2014

    The official communique of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014).  All country delegations, along with input from civil society (including BAAG and some of its members), contributed to and agreed the statements.  These included recognition of the progress made in Afghanistan since the Tokyo 2012 conference and before, the continuing development, governance and security challenges to be addressed, the Afghan government's Reform Agenda and the need for partnerships, including with Afghan and international civil society.  

    PDF icon The-London-Conference-on-Afghanistan-Communique.pdf
  • Civil society speeches from the London Conference on Afghanistan, December 2014

    The London Conference on Afghanistan was held on 3rd and 4th December.  On the 3rd BAAG hosted the Ayenda Conference: Fulfilling Afghan Futures, a half day civil society conference.  On the morning of the 4th, 10 Afghan civil society and 5 international NGO representatives met with the British Secretary of State for International Development, the CEO of Afghanistan and various other heads of country delegations for a one hour round-table.  And throughout the rest of the 4th,  59 country delegations attended the main London Conference, in which three Afghan civil society speeches were delivered.  Attached are the civil society speeches delivered at the Ayenda Conference and the London Conference.  

    PDF icon 1 - Key Note Speech in Ayenda Conference.pdf, PDF icon 2 - Closing Remarks Ayenda.pdf, PDF icon 3 - London conference speech Freshta Karimi.pdf, PDF icon 4 - London Confrence Speech Barry Salaam.pdf, PDF icon 6 - Ayenda Speech Barry Salaam.pdf, PDF icon 7 - Ayenda Speech Freshta Karimi.pdf, PDF icon 8 - LCA Women's Rights speech Arezo Qanih.pdf
  • BAAG: Letter from Prime Minister Cameron, November 2014

    BAAG wrote to British Prime Minister David Cameron in October, asking for the government's continued support to new the new Afghan President.  We received the response below which highlighted the role of civil society in shaping and supporting Afghanistan.  

    PDF icon Letter from PMCameron.pdf
  • CSJWG: Position Paper for London Conference, November 2014

    Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan, the Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG), a membership network of local, community and grass-roots Afghan civil society organisations, prepared the paper below.  It highlights their review of the current situation, past achievements and future needs in the following thematic sections: Democratic reform; Governance, Rule of law and Human Rights; Government revenues, Budget execution and Sub-national Governance; Economic growth and Development; Continued partnership and Aid effectiveness; the Role of civil society.  

    PDF icon Civil-society-position-paper-london-conf-23Nov2014.pdf
  • Afghan CSOs: Support to Afghan Civil Society in the Decade of Transformation, November 2014

    Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014), 22 Afghan civil society organisations (CSOs) collaborated to produce the attached briefing paper.  Amongst the numeous thematic papers produced by organisations, theirs focused more specifically on the role of civil society itself - to both support the new Afghan government in the delivery of reforms and services, but also to hold that government accountable on behalf of the Afghan people.  They present recommendations to the government and international community which could help civil society flourish and become a genuine partner in Afghanistan's future. 

    PDF icon Support to Afghan Civil Society in Decade of Transformation.pdf
  • BAAG: Letter welcoming President Ahmadzai, October 2014

    On the occassion of his inauguration, BAAG has written to congratulate President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.  As he considers the priority plans and activities for his government, BAAG and it's members call on him to consider two core development themes: the protection of human rights and the participation of civil society in decision making and programming.  BAAG will host a key civil society event ahead of the joint Afghan-British London Conference on Afghanistan in November, which will provide further opportunities for civil society, the Afghan government and the international community to work together on development matters.  

    PDF icon Letter to President Ghani - final 06Oct14.pdf
  • ACBAR: Transforming development beyond Transition, October 2014

    BAAG's partner in Afghanistan, ACBAR, have produced 4 thematic and 1 summary position paper for the London Conference on Afghanistan, on 4th December.  These papers reflect the progress made since their previous papers for the Tokyo conference in 2012, and highlight the continuing needs, challenges and recommendations.  Their papers are on Women's Rights, Aid Effectiveness, Service Delivery and Governance.  

    PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan AID EFFECTIVENESS.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan GOVERNANCE.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan SERVICE.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan Womens Rights.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan SUMMARY.pdf
  • BAAG: Getting it Right - Examining Gender Programming in Afghanistan, October 2014

    Gender programmes have been a large focus for international and local civil society in the past 13 years.  There have been some successes, but there have also been many complications and some failures.  BAAG has investigated these issues through a series of discussions with gender experts, from Afghanistan and the wider international community.  This report captures the debates, opinions and recommendations of the participants of our Getting it Right conference in March 2014 and the earlier discussions with visiting women's rights activists and gender experts.

    PDF icon Getting it Right 2014_FINAL.pdf
  • Salah: Civil society recommendations for the NATO Summit 2014, September 2014

    These recommendations reflect civil society concerns over the imminent withdrawal of international combat troops, the restricted capacity of the Afghan security forces, and issues relating to their accountability.  Salah is a consortium of 8 Afghan civil society organisations focused on policy and advocacy for promoting peace and security. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan Peace and Security - SALAH 3.pdf
  • PTRO: Counting the Uncounted - Afghanistan's Civil Society in Transition, August 2014

    Promoting and strengthening civil society has been an important area of focus for both the Government of Afghanistan and the international donor community over the past ten years, and the country has seen great gains and achievements in many areas. However, the process of transition during 2014 presents an uncertain time for the country's civil society community. This report explores the impacts of transition on civil society organisations and actors in seven Afghan provinces, and presents their concerns, strategies, and suggestions for navigating the process.

    PDF icon PTRO Counting the Uncounted Aug14.pdf
  • BAAG/LSE: Afghanistan in the British Print Media, June 2014

    BAAG commissioned student researchers from the London School of Economics to review the last 5 years of coverage of Afghanistan by the British print/online news media.  The findings confirmed our suspicions - only 4.3% of news articles focused on aid and development in the country, the majority were focused on the war, conflict and military intervention.  Moreover, many of those few articles regarding aid and development presented these in a negative light.  With the fear that interest and therefore funding to Afghanistan will wane with the withdrawal of international combat troops, BAAG's report looks at the role of the media in rebalancing the narrative about Afghanistan's future. 

    PDF icon BAAG Report Afg British Media Jun14.pdf

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